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Atlanta City Council Members Natalyn Archibong, Carla Smith, Amir Farokhi and Jennifer Ide to Host More MARTA Atlanta Community Forum Aug. 15

Post Date:08/13/2018 1:19 PM

NEWS RELEASE MASTHEAD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Council Communications
Atlanta City Council
55 Trinity Avenue, SW, Suite 2551
Atlanta, Georgia 30303 

CONTACT:
Talia Moffitt
Public Information Officer – Council Communications
(404) 546-1835 / (404) 326-6506
tkmoffitt@atlantaga.gov 

August 13, 2018

Atlanta City Council Members Natalyn Archibong, Carla Smith, Amir Farokhi and Jennifer Ide to Host More MARTA Atlanta Community Forum Aug. 15

ATLANTA—Atlanta City Council members Natalyn Archibong, Carla Smith, Amir Farokhi and Jennifer Ide will host a More MARTA community forum on Aug. 15 from 6-8 p.m. at Virginia Highland Church, 743 Virginia Ave. NE. Council members have been hosting forums throughout the month of August to educate residents and city stakeholders about the More MARTA Atlanta program and receive feedback on the proposed project list.

“From a public transit perspective, the Eastside of Atlanta presents unique challenges and opportunities,” said District 5 City Council member Natalyn Archibong. “I am pleased that this forum will present an opportunity for MARTA to hear from our collective stakeholders before the board takes final action this fall.”  

In 2016, city of Atlanta residents passed the More MARTA Atlanta half-penny sales tax. The funds will generate nearly $2.5 billion for transit expansion and enhancement projects over the next 40 years.

The More MARTA Atlanta plan includes 21 miles of light rails, 18 miles of bus rapid transit lines, two new transit centers and the renovation of existing stations.

More MARTA Atlanta will serve 126 neighborhoods and is slated to increase access to jobs by 56 percent, improve transit services to communities with large minority or low-income populations by 61 percent, and provide access to more than 70 healthcare facilities and 83 grocery stores. The program’s goal is to connect Atlanta communities, expand access to job and educational opportunities, enhance independence for seniors and individuals living with disabilities, and improve the overall quality of life for Atlanta residents.

Atlanta residents unable to attend the scheduled community forums are encouraged to learn more about the program, review the project list and provide feedback online at www.itsmarta.com/moremarta.

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